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DPC 2017/Day 4: Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow

Diesel Power Challenge 2017: Day 4

KJ Jones
Jun 9, 2017
Photographers: KJ Jones, Anthony Soos, Brett T. Evans, John Lehenbauer, Ben Cooper
Day 4 of Diesel Power Challenge 2017 Presented by XDP started out with one of the test’s most rigorous events, the timed eighth-mile trailer-tow. Our 10,600-pound test trailer is a big beast, taxing each truck’s driveline and traction more than any other DPC 2017 event. As such, a few chinks appeared in some of the trucks’ armor, but we’ll get to that later.
Laying down a confident first pass was Patrick Whitcomb with his ’08 Ford F-450. The dualie hustled through the eighth in just 9.485 seconds at more than 80 mph, throwing down a gauntlet that other drivers just couldn’t pick up.
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The trailer-tow also proved to be a challenge for some drivers to do smoothly. Tim Jahn had a hard time keeping his ’08 F-250 on the straight and narrow right out of the hole. He elected to take a mulligan on the run and reset at the starting line, an opportunity we give to all drivers during this segment. The resulting second run took 11.741 seconds, good enough for Fifth.
Trouble ensued for two drivers in this event, unfortunately. McCoy Black suffered undetermined mechanical failure on his run, sidelining his ’95 Dodge Ram 2500 for the rest of the day. We’ve learned his team was unable to fix his truck in time for Day 5’s events. And Shaun Doran’s ’12 F-250 sounded a little unhealthy at the starting line, a suspicion confirmed by engine oil he left on the track that required some mid-event maintenance. Unfortunately, Shaun also bowed out of the remainder of DPC 2017.
But there were some high points. Patrick’s fantastic opening run was very quick, as was Levi Krech’s, whose 11.162 e.t. was good enough for Third in this event. Rounding out the podium was returning champ Charlie Keeter, in Second at 10.539. See full results in the chart below, and be sure to watch live coverage of Diesel Power Challenge 2017 Presented by XDP Day 5, right here on trucktrend.com and through the Diesel Power Facebook page.

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